By Dumisani Nyoni
Bulawayo, November 07, 2016 – THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has revised its water shedding schedule from 48 to 72 hours a week as supply dam levels are fast depleting due to soaring temperatures currently being experienced across the country.
In a statement on Monday, BCC senior public relations officer Nesisa Mpofu said they were facing operational challenges within the system which include power cuts by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company, major frequent breakdowns on the Mtshabezi pipeline, low water supply from Nyamandlovu among others.
“The above issues have however hampered the water distribution in the city by depleting almost all the water in the service reservoirs. The proposed programme will try and enhance building up pressure within the city and normalise the situation,” Mpofu said.
“Water bowsers will be available at strategic points where water supply cannot reach for any reason within the schedule times. The spots for bowsers will be availed through the normal channels of communication in liaison with councillors,” she added.
Mpofu said if the situation persisted, more drastic measures will be taken to continue to conserve the little amount available in the dams.
She apologised to the residents of Bulawayo for the non-adherence to the water shedding schedule which was released during the month of October in preparation for shedding in November.
She was however quick to say that was necessitated by the need to increase the levels for Magwegwe Reservoir which supplies most of the Western areas and Tuli Reservoir (supplying most of the eastern areas) which had gone below their critical levels.
The two Reservoirs had gone drastically low. As a result, this affected the water pressure in suburbs that had been reconnected with water supplies especially those which were in high lying areas,” she said.
She warned consumers from hoarding water in drums as the water rationing was not lifted.
“The ration limits will still be in place and maybe further reduced if the situation persists. Penalties will still apply to those who will exceed their limits.
“Persistent consumers who will be continuously above their water usage limits will be faced with water restrictors inserted at their premises. This will only let water trickle to that limit as stipulated,” she said.